Lee LaPlante, former New York Art Dealer, loves the daily challenges and exciting pace of residential Real Estate. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, where she majored in Art History and Studio Art. Extensively well traveled and well-known for her packed-to-capacity art openings in Soho, Lee relocated to Malibu from Manhattan, where she was formerly the director of Lee Arthur Studio, a contemporary art gallery founded in 1991. The gallery promoted cutting edge contemporary artists from the U.S., South America, Europe, India and Asia. 

"Starting the gallery in a loft space from scratch and building up an international following, with reviews from well known critics in highly influential publications such as ArtForum, Art News and the The New York Observer, was a great learning experience, and one which I readily transferred to my real estate marketing and sales expertise." Aside from developing sales, marketing and client relations, the gallery focused on international exhibitions, consulting and curating services."

Ms. LaPlante's work took her annually to Hong Kong and Malaysia, with regular stops in Los Angeles, where she stayed with her eldest brother, John Arthur, a Managing Editor for the Los Angeles Times, and his family in Santa Monica. In 1994 she attended an art opening in L.A. where she met Leo LaPlante, a builder and master woodworker, who has been a resident of Malibu since 1978. They were married in New York City in 1996 and currently own a home in Malibu. In 2000, they became the proud parents of twin daughters, Jacqueline and Juliette.

Lee made a decision to enter the real estate business in Malibu while selling the Soho loft that housed her gallery in New York. 

"The training I had as an art dealer, and the thousands of people I met from all over the world in my twelve years in Manhattan, proved to be an excellent foundation upon which to build a real estate business and clientele. I was familiar with the market's ups and downs in northern and southern California as two of my brothers and their families have lived on the west coast for years". 

Ironically, Lee's twin brother James is also in the financial end of the real estate business in Silicon Valley. "With the stock market hitting all time highs, a strong national economy and the position of California on the Pacific Rim, I knew there was an enormous potential for growth. I had seen the real estate climate change dramatically in the ten years I owned property in Manhattan, and had also observed the tremendous activity taking place on Long Island's East End, where I'd spent every summer as a child in East Hampton. But, it was not until Leo and I were on our honeymoon in Asia that I realized I was headed for a new career... Here we were on this incredibly exotic, romantic honeymoon and at each hotel, from Hong Kong to Bali, there would be an urgent fax from my realtor in New York waiting for us. Just as it is in Real Estate, timing is everything. One day sitting on a perfect beach, my husband said to me seriously, "if you can sell art, why not real estate?" That day I made up my mind! 

"The same elements that attracted me to the world of art sales and client relations, drew me towards a career in real estate. A chance to leave New York's fast-paced urban lifestyle also renewed my appreciation in Malibu's peaceful serenity and spectacular ocean-to-canyon living. Malibu comes with its own unique history and naturally beautiful surroundings. We have all the ingredients of country living with twenty seven miles of coastline and the Pacific Ocean as our backyard. With the proximity to  a major metropolis and an international airport, it's no wonder Malibu is such a sought-after place to live." 

In addition to her busy family life and demanding career, Lee has become actively involved in several charities and non-profit arts groups. These include Free Arts, an organization helping children cope with abandonment and difficult childhood experiences through the healing power of art, The 18th Street Arts Complex, promoting international art exchange and Cornucopia Farms/The Malibu Agricultural Project, which founded Malibu's first Farmer's Market and teaches school children about the benefits of organic farming and sustainable agriculture. 

Lee has sold over $20,000,000 worth of Real Estate to date since she began in the business. In addition, she has served as a Director of the Malibu Association of Realtors in 2000 and 2001 and served as Vice President for the year 2002. Lee is a member of the National Association of Realtors as well as the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. She is also a certified Relocation Specialist. Lee can be reached at Coldwell Banker's Colony Beach office on Malibu Road at her direct line: 310-317-8370 or via e-mail at llaplante@coldwellbanker.com for all your real estate needs.

Lee LaPlante
Coldwell Banker
Malibu Colony Office
23676 Malibu Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 456-3638 x 370
Direct: (310) 317-8370
Fax: (310) 456-5872
E-Mail: llaplante@coldwellbanker.com


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